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Monday, May 29, 2006

thread lip balm cozy pattern

I have requests asking for the pattern of my lip balm cozies. This pattern is for the simpler one with the option of adding size 12 seed beads and the tassel.

size 8 Monaco cotton thread in sold or variegated color
size 7 steel hook
thread stitch markers
key ring
size 12 seed beads to match thread(optional)
1 bead with hole big enough for accent (optional)

Round 1 - Chain 2. 6 sc in second chain from hook. Join with sl st
Round 2 - Chain 1. 2 sc in 1st sc in next succeeding st. Join with sl st. (12 scs)
Round 3 - 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in next. Do this alternately until last sc of previous round. Join with sl st. (18 scs)

The next rounds are not joined after each round end. Mark each beginning round with st markers. You can add seed beads in all sc rounds if you like.
Round 4 - 19 - Ch 1. 1 sc in all previous scs. (18 scs)
Round 20 - Ch 1. sc 17X. sl st in last sc. Do not cut thread. Ch 2, hdc in next. Turn, ch 2, hdc in next. Do this 6X total. End off. Cut thread leaving a 6" tail. Slip key ring into "strap" just made and fold in half. Sew to secure key ring.

For beaded tassel just sew on accent bead and add 6 loops of about 30 seed beads each.

it's been a year

I can't believe it's been a year already since I started blogging. I would like to thank the following people:
......to my dear hubby for his support and patience with my craft obsessions, for being my critic and for admiring my creations. Thank you so much, sweets!
......for my little Joshua for always admiring what I'm making and saying that's so pretty! lol!
......for my best friend for her encouragement with my talent.
......for my sisters and SIL for helping me in more ways than one
......for my good friends who I met online and am blessed with their real friendship despite distance (you know who you are!) and for believing in me
......for Kathy for giving me the honor of testing some of her beautiful patterns and inspiring us her fans.
.......for all who sent stuff for me as RAOK, thank you! I appreciate the time and effort you all took to make my day!
......for those who bought threads, jewelries, etc from me and who bought again and again......thank you for your trust and confidence!

......and last but not the least to the administration of mania for the trust in making me as one of their mods in the forum. Thank you!!!!!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

lipstick and lip balm cozies

I used Anchor KAM 15 for beaded lipstick cozy; the other lipstick cozies on the first picture are made with Monaco, with the 2 on the right are the new variegated colors.

some more......... the turquoise is made from acrylic thread, the one on the right is from Cannon.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

a couple more new Monaco variegated colors

I went to my supplier's yesterday to fill out some orders and I saw these new colors. These come in 50-gm balls like all Monaco brand cotton threads. The price per ball is still .95 cents only.

I'll be introducing new acrylic size 10 thread soon......stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

bead crochet lip balm cozy

My version using size 10 acrylic thread, size 12 seed beads........tassels are entirely beaded. This is completely washable. I love the colors. I think I'm going to make another one using either gray or black for dressier occasions but this time for a lipstick. :-)

Friday, May 19, 2006

got my shawl!

I got my shawl from my C'ville stole swap partner Sara (topperarnold). I requested for a black shawl because it's hard for me to crochet using black. I love its open, lacy look and the drape. The size is also right for me. She used cotton yarn which is just perfect for our tropical clime.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

a couple of accessories for the swap

I made this choker a few weeks ago for the accessory swap over at the mania. Since Fiona my swap partner has already seen it, I'll be posting it here. The pattern is from AA's Irish Crochet Jewelry. This is Victorian Choker. I decided to use black and white instead of all white. I covered a button with red satin for the center of the pendant.

Here is a teaser of the second piece of jewelry I made specially for the swap. I remember you told me your favorite flower is the daffodil, Fiona. Here's a teaser......LOL!!!!!! I don't think I'll be making another one like this in a long, long time. I loved making this for you, my friend!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

tested Fun little Fan Bookmark

I saw Donna's (Nanas Place) post at simplycrochet looking for testers for this bookmark. Bookmarks are one of my favorite quickie crochet projects. The pink one is fingeringweight while the variegated one is Monaco cotton thread. The only revision I made with it for the thread is to make the loop for the tassel smaller. Otherwise, it was a fast and easy and fun! LOL!

my first wearable

I finished my first wearable today. This one took me more than a week to finish. The pattern is Lily's Summer Top. The pattern called for Sugar and Cream but I don't have enough yarn for the top. I used 2 strands of Monaco variegated aqua and a size 7/0 hook to get the correct gauge. Next time I plan to make one in a solid color.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Bead Soup Scrunchie Pattern

I learned bead crochet making these. Nobody taught me how to add beads to crochet. I just experimented a lot. I used size 10 cotton thread and different kinds of beads like size 8 and 6 seed beads, pearls, acrylic beads, etc. These are so much fun to make and I got hooked on bead crochet because of this. The pattern is easy for a beginner and is very versatile because you can use any kind of beads you like as long as the hole is big enough for the thread to go through. Enjoy!

Bead Soup Scrunchie
skill level: beginner

size 10 cotton thread of your choice (you can use solid or variegated)
different bead mix (seed beads, pearls, acrylic or glass beads, etc) in colors to match your thread
steel hook #7
Goody ouchless elastic in any size

String on beads first before starting. For a full scrunchie, you need to string on about 36" long of beads. It would help if you have twisted beading needle for this.
Round 1 - Attach thread to elastic using slip stitch or you can tie a knot. Cover entire elastic with Sc's. Join to first sc.
Round 2 - Chain 7 adding a bead with each chain. sc in next sc. Bead chain 7 in same stitch. Sc in next. Do this until entire scrunchie is covered. Join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

You can use black thread or metallic thread with rocailles or pearls for a dressier scrunchie. :-)

cotton threads available here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pastel colored rocks

I'm in the mood for making beaded jewelry today......lol! These beautiful pastel colored glass rocks are quite heavy. I was thinking of using nylon thread but was afraid it might stretch due to its weight. I used Monaco thread because it's the strongest cotton thread available. I don't have to worry it'll break someday even if the bracelet accidentally gets wet.

Rose Quartz for love?

I made this set of bracelet and earrings. I used rose quartz crystal discs and chips. My sister told me that wearing these will attract good vibrations for love. I guess I have to make 3 because 2 of my sisters are in their 30s and 1 is already in her 40s and they all haven't found "Mr. Right". I was lucky God found hubby for me before I turned 40. LOL!!!!!

Fan Shaped Earrings

Little Coaster Earrings with Tiger's Eye beads

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Vintage Pattern Small Doilies

I made these several weeks ago then forgot all about them. These were from the book Dressmaking Crochet Japanese edition, 1969 publication. The book was given to me by hubby's grandma. It's a little worn in places but I love it! The patterns are mostly in diagrams with a little English instruction. It's a good thing I learned to crochet reading diagrams so I was able to follow and these are the results:

Friday, May 05, 2006


I'm on an earrings binge......here are some more I've made the last 2 days.....

these are crocheted with rose quartz disc center and I used clips for these.

I made this using 2 strands together....ordinary sewing and metallic threads, size 11 Japanese rocaille seed beads and glass fish beads.

beaded coralling technique with glass butterfly, flower and leaf and of course size 11 seed beads
another look:
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oglala butterfly stitch using Japanese size 11 seed beads in 2 colors and fish glass bead

Monday, May 01, 2006

New Monaco variegated

I went to my favorite thread supplier and she gave me this......Monaco has come up with a new variegated color. Price is the same as the ombres and still at 50 gms. per ball.

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I made my friend Eva's Star Flower bookmark to see the colors better:
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